Head Coach/General Manager Mark Carlson confirmed Sunday the team has sent defenseman Paul O’Connor to the Minnesota Magicians of the lower-level North American Hockey League and forward Casey Jerry to the Austin Bruins of the NAHL. The RoughRiders will retain the USHL rights to both players, simply shifting them to their affiliate roster.
Joining the club, all from the NAHL, are defenseman Logan Von Ruden and left wingers Mitch Maloney and Brennan Sanford.
Von Ruden, 17, was playing for the Magicians, where he had two assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-two in 25 games. The Northfield, Minn., resident gave up his senior season at Northfield High School to play junior hockey.
Sanford, 18, had 10 goals and eight assists in 29 games for Austin. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is from Holt, Mich.
Maloney was playing for the Port Huron Fighting Falcons, where he had 18 goals and 11 assists in 31 games. The 19-year-old is from Macomb, Mich.
O’Connor had a goal and assist in 12 games for Cedar Rapids, recording a plus-minus rating of plus-eight. Jerry had two goals in 17 games.
Earlier last week, Carlson traded forward Alex Funk to Minnesota of the NAHL. Cedar Rapids will not retain his USHL rights.
He also traded forward Jack Rowe to the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL for forward Frederik Tiffels. The intent of all the moves is obvious, to increase the size and toughness of the team.
The RoughRiders are 13-9-1, their 27 standings points placing them in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, though just six points behind first-place Dubuque. The team has lost six of its last seven games.
Cedar Rapids returns to action Friday night at Des Moines, hosting Waterloo the following night.
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